This is the time of year, with chilly temps, when I love to watch a Rom-Com movie and clean closets. Except, this particular weekend I made the decision to transform our coat closet (entry closet) to a more functional and practical storage closet.
We have an entry space off of the garage where all coats and boots gather. With the exception of guests a few times of year I knew I could use the entry closet for more practical purposes.
I repurposed this gift wrap/pantry organizer to hold all of my cleaning products and paper towels. But there are lots of options for closets.
It was time to relocate and/or organize the contents of our entry hall coat closet into a more useful storage closet.
Years ago we added wire shelving from Home Depot, but the wire shelves were not the most reliable to hold up their end of the bargain.
I describe our home as a brownstone in the It’s wider than a brownstone (that’s the suburbs part) but has multiple levels and lots of steps.
Our main level includes the kitchen, family room, living room, study and dining room and guest bath.
The only storage is what is in the kitchen. This storage closet from coat closet makeover was in the works for years.
Moving down a flight of stairs to the entry-level is the front door and a hall closet.
When guests arrive thru the front door there are two choices; to go up a flight of stairs or to go down a flight of stairs to the basement.
The basement also includes the garage entry door.
It was this accident when I saw this goo creeping (spilling) out of the entry closet that set the plan into motion. All along, our coat closet really wanted to be a storage closet.
So on a blustery winter afternoon, before the first commercial during the Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, I pulled all the contents from the entry hall coat closet.
STEPS TO TRANSFORM A COAT CLOSET TO STORAGE CLOSET
With a carload of melamine shelves like these and a table saw, we got to work with measurements. We took into consideration the height of the vacuum cleaner and the backup dog food bags. It’s also nice to have a place to stash Amazon orders.
I wanted shelves where I could slide in existing storage bins. I wanted the storage closet to include the everyday essentials/non-essentials in one place.
Things like light bulbs, bulk toilet paper and paper towels (remember all those stairs). It’s nice to have those supplies nearby but not next to the flour and sugar canisters.
And in a few hours and repainted interior walls, I transformed a coat closet to a storage closet.
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